Cinderella Chef (Meng Qi Shi Shen, 萌妻食神) is one of the three best-known rom-com donghua series, the remaining two being Psychic Princess (Tongling Fei) and The Demonic King Chases His Wife (a.k.a. Be My Wife).
The series is a rom-com, isekai title that follows a celebrity chef named Ye Jiayao/Ye Jin Xuan who messes up a dish and consequently wakes up in ancient China as a magistrate’s daughter only to be kidnapped by a band of bandits led by Xia Chun Yu.
There’s more than meets the eye about Xia Chun Yu as he is actually an undercover agent for the king. One thing leading to another, Xuan and Yu get engaged but are soon separated by a vicious turn of events.
So far so good, but the heroine is a spirited girl who never gives up. She sets out to open a restaurant and meets many an interesting character before being reunited with Xia Chun Yu who needs to win her heart all over again.
Cinderella Chef is an enjoyable, entertaining watch, which (for once!) wraps up the story.
Note that the title is highly popular in China and has received multiple adaptations, including a live-action TV series.
Where Can I Watch Cinderella Chef?
Presently, Meng Qi Shi Shen has been treated to three donghua seasons (2018-2022); whether a Cinderella Chef Season 4 will see the light of day remains to be seen. Seeing as the story is more or less concluded, this may be wishful thinking.
Season 2 is titled Meng Qi Shi Shen: Zaijie Liangyuan (萌妻食神之再结良缘) and Season 3 — Meng Qi Shi Shen: Huanxi Zhui Hun (萌妻食神之欢喜追婚).
Where to watch the Cinderella Chef (a.k.a. Adorable Food Goddess: Cinderella Chef ) donghua series online legally and for free?
Here are some suggestions:
- Cinderella Chef Season 1 @Yuewen Animation’s YouTube channel
- Cinderella Chef Season 2 @BiliBili
- Cinderella Chef Season 3 @BiliBili or Cinderella Chef Season 3 @Crunchyroll
Yuewen Animation is the animation studio behind the series and the main cast includes Shi Si as Ye Jiayao and Sun Ye as Xia Chun Yu.